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post #1 of 6 Old 05-20-2014, 11:33 PM - Thread Starter
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I tried tacking this to an old thread but got no response. I'll try a new thread!

I'm comparing Carada and Screen Innovations. I can get the SI screen from a local A/V dealer, from whom I am getting a lot of other gear for my theater.

I'd be willing to spend a couple hundred more for about the same thing with the local dealer to get local support.

I'm considering:

-Carada BW criterion 110" 16:9 screen (1.4 gain but really 1.1 to 1.2 from what most say) - $901
-Screen Innovations Performance 16:9 Solar 4K 1.3 gain ($1299 + tax)
-Screen Innovations 16:9 Pure 4K 1.3 gain (haven't priced - I think this is wayyy out of my price range but I'm not sure- think it only comes with their zero edge frames)

At this point if they were the same performance, I'd pick Carada. I won't pay $400 more to get it locally.

How about the Carada Criterion frame versus the SI Performance frame? How do they compare?

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Have you gotten screen samples of those to compare ?

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Have you gotten screen samples of those to compare ?

I haven't... I plan to if necessary - but while screen samples are great, and that's how I'll make my final decision, I want to know what other people have observed as well, IF they have observed both.

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I find myself asking the same question (in reference to the Carada and SI screens). I'm new to front projectors, have a decent sized light-controller room (25x15), and have no need for AT. Plan on using a Sony HW40ES projector.


I've been reading on screens for a week, and find it tough to make heads or tails of whether I should buy a $500 screen, or a $2500 screen. The Carada and SI seem to be in the middle...


Very tough decision to make. Let me know if you've been swayed one way or the other...
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I find myself asking the same question (in reference to the Carada and SI screens). I'm new to front projectors, have a decent sized light-controller room (25x15), and have no need for AT. Plan on using a Sony HW40ES projector.


I've been reading on screens for a week, and find it tough to make heads or tails of whether I should buy a $500 screen, or a $2500 screen. The Carada and SI seem to be in the middle...


Very tough decision to make. Let me know if you've been swayed one way or the other...

Have any of you made decisions on your screen? I picked up the same Sony projector with the recent sale and went with a white Silver Ticket screen from Amazon. While for the price I'm sure it's great and the frame is quite nice, the screen does seem to have more texture than I'd like. Do screens like the Carada or SI have a smoother fabric, or what makes them superior and worth 5x the price?

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Tcramer I think with a projector as nice as your New sony HW40 I would get a Carada screen. I have had mind for 9 years now and it is perfect still. It shows no grain and just look great. I have seen those Silver Ticket screens also 'and they are a decent screen for that price level. I used the Carada Brillant white at 110 in. I been tring to sell it locally to buy a Carada 128in 2.35 screen, A high Quality Projector like the HW40 deserves a high quality screen IMHO.
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